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Per Diem Cardiac Ultrasound Technologist - Cardiology Laboratory

Allied Health
Cardiology Laboratory 600453
131542 Requisition #
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The mission of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public.

Performs ultrasound examinations of the heart. 

Performs all modalities of echocardiography: 
* Echocardiographic assessment of 2D, M-Mode, Color flow and continuous wave doppler, Stress echocardiography,Pharmacological stress echocardiography, Transesophageal echocardiograms. Must be able to analyze patient’s clinical history, identify the purpose of the examination, and expand the examination as necessary to answer the clinical questions.

* Performs quantitative analysis of Echocardiographic studies: 
*  Analysis includes:systolic function (ejection fraction and wall motion analysis), diastolic function, pulmonary pressure, hemodynamic assessment, assessment of valvular abnormalities, changes in gradients, and critical values.

Equipment maintenance: 
*  Prepares equipment for procedures to be performed. Cleans and disinfects equipment following patient use. Maintains equipment cleaning logs.

Quality assurance: 
* Participates in the collection and documentation of quality assurance information. Reports critical values immediately once identified.

Perform high level disinfection off TEE probes: 
* Participates in the disinfection of TEE probes according to vendor recommendations.

Other duties as assigned.

Analytical Thinking - Gather relevant information systematically; break down
problems into simple components; make sound decisions.

Self-Adaptability - Work in situations involving uncertainty, shifting priorities, and
rapid change; deal constructively with mistakes and setbacks; demonstrate flexibility.

Professionalism - Employee demonstrates commitment to collaborative professional
relationships with physicians and all members of the heath care team.

Systems-Based Practice - Employee demonstrates his/her impact on the system of care.

Provide service to our stakeholders, including patients, caregivers, colleagues and each other, in a safe, courteous, accountable, efficient and innovative manner to include:
* Promoting inclusiveness and collegiality that demonstrates respect and
professionalism to our stakeholders at all times.
* Modeling safe, ethical behavior that mitigates risk to the institution through sound business practices, and adherence to MD Anderson’s Standards of Conduct, institutional policies and procedures.
* Responding to requests in a timely manner while proactively communicating
expectations for procedures, service arrival, or project deliverables to stakeholders.
* Using the steps to HEAL (Hear, Empathize, Address and Learn) the relationship when service recovery is needed.

Customer Focus: 
Builds and maintains customer satisfaction with the products and services offered by the organization through skills demonstrated in communication, personalization of interaction, regulation of emotions, and proactive problem solving.

Performance Statement Example:
* Presents a cheerful, positive manner with customers either on the phone or in
person. Shows interest in, actively listens to and responds in a clear and timely
manner to customer's expressed needs.

Focuses on the customer's results, rather than own. Goes beyond basic service
expectations to help customers implement complete solutions through
personalized service that anticipates the customer's unspoken needs.

* Delivers services when and where the customer needs them. Explores options
when unable to deliver a requested product or service, and pursues solutions until the customer is satisfied by addressing the root cause of the issue.

Problem solves with patient, family member, care giver or clinical team to aid in proactively resolving issues and concerns.

*  Provides to customers status reports and progress updates. Seeks customer
feedback and ensures needs have been fully met.

* Talks to customers (internal and external) with a pleasant tone to find out what
they need and how satisfied they are with the service. Remains in control of own reactions and responds in a manner that demonstrates appropriate nonverbal cues and complements the customer's emotions in the situation. Recognizes when its is necessary to escalate situations to leadership to ensure customer satisfaction.

Required: High school diploma or equivalent. 
Preferred: Graduation from an accredited cardiac sonography program. 

Required:  Two years experience performing echocardiography testing. With preferred degree, no experience required. 

All of the following: Certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) through American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) -OR- Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) through Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI). 

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law. http://www.mdanderson.org/about-us/legal-and-policy/legal-statements/eeo-affirmative-action.html

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